How it Works

What does a NOAA weather buoy 3000 miles away in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean have to do with snow in Utah, Colorado & Wyoming? Good question! Since the dawn of time, humans have been trying to plan their powder days, a futile feat… until now. Is it magic? Is it science? Is it dumb luck? The answer may be yes to all of the above, but more than anything, the Powderbuoy is all about a positive vibration and energy that connects soul riders around the world.

““Yeahbuuuuooooyyyyyy””

- William Jonathan Drayton Jr.

It All Starts With the Buoy

Deep in the North Pacific, a lonely NOAA buoy floats, diligently collecting all sorts of weather data. No friends on a powder day? This lonely buoy may think its only friends are the passing birds who may stop by for a few; little does the buoy know how much happiness and joy it brings to people around the world on powder days.

Weather Prediction

Tracking buoys is nothing new; surfers have followed buoys since Gary Busey was dropping in on Big Wednesday to find out when swells are going to hit specific breaks. The Powderbuoy uses these same NOAA buoys in Hawaii and tracks the same energy that surfers ride in waves in Hawaii to forecast snow that we ride in our mountains. When the buoy pops, two weeks later you’re going to want to clear your calendar.

Plan Your Powder Flu

Don’t let those sick days go to waste, plan your flu and go get you some! That TPS report can wait for another day, you’ve got powder to ski. Yeahbuoy!

Go to the Buoy Dashboard

From Instagram

Things are shifting in the weather patterns, super variable for Utah, this looks more put together for Jackson. The storm tracks seem to have shifted north from where they were earlier this year, and I’m definitely no expert, but it looks like the water is warming up and we may be moving out of La Niña conditions. I’m in Golden, BC, usually a pretty sure fire bet this time of year and they have the worst snowpack in 30 years, still finding some good snow but definitely atypical weather. Another buoypop putting Valentine’s Day on the radar. #yeahbuoy

Things are shifting in the weather patterns, super variable for Utah, this looks more put together for Jackson. The storm tracks seem to have shifted north from where they were earlier this year, and I’m definitely no expert, but it looks like the water is warming up and we may be moving out of La Niña conditions. I’m in Golden, BC, usually a pretty sure fire bet this time of year and they have the worst snowpack in 30 years, still finding some good snow but definitely atypical weather. Another buoypop putting Valentine’s Day on the radar. #yeahbuoy ...

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Off of Hawaii's shore, a buoy did pop,
In Utah, a snow storm did drop,
Though the two seem so far,
Nature's ways are bizarre,
As weather patterns can make one stop and swap. Thank you ChatGPT, Feb 8th on the radar and Feb 4/5 storm is starting to come into view. Of course it’s dumping as I leave for the Great White North, enjoy out there, off to adventure! #yeahbuoy

Off of Hawaii's shore, a buoy did pop,
In Utah, a snow storm did drop,
Though the two seem so far,
Nature's ways are bizarre,
As weather patterns can make one stop and swap. Thank you ChatGPT, Feb 8th on the radar and Feb 4/5 storm is starting to come into view. Of course it’s dumping as I leave for the Great White North, enjoy out there, off to adventure! #yeahbuoy
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I think I mentioned that these last few storms were a little more north coming across the Pacific than we’ve had all year and it’s showing. Time to go to Jackson they are about to get hammered.#yeahbuoy

I think I mentioned that these last few storms were a little more north coming across the Pacific than we’ve had all year and it’s showing. Time to go to Jackson they are about to get hammered.#yeahbuoy ...

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This guy slid in under the buoy radar, I was expecting feb 4th, looks like we’ve got some action on the 31st, hopefully followed by the storm on the 4th/5th. #yeahbuoy

This guy slid in under the buoy radar, I was expecting feb 4th, looks like we’ve got some action on the 31st, hopefully followed by the storm on the 4th/5th. #yeahbuoy ...

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Congrats to @mikaelashiffrin for 83. She tells a story about meeting @heidi_voelker as a little girl and she signed a poster with ABFTTB (always be faster than the boys). Got to bring that full circle for my daughter a few years  ago with a hat signed by both. Love seeing people positively supporting and inspiring one another. #abfttb #yeahbuoy

Congrats to @mikaelashiffrin for 83. She tells a story about meeting @heidi_voelker as a little girl and she signed a poster with ABFTTB (always be faster than the boys). Got to bring that full circle for my daughter a few years ago with a hat signed by both. Love seeing people positively supporting and inspiring one another. #abfttb #yeahbuoy ...

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Buoypop! Here’s the swell hitting Hawaii for The Eddie today and the storm that should hit us on Feb 4th/5th. Soul sports connected 🤙#yeahbuoy

Buoypop! Here’s the swell hitting Hawaii for The Eddie today and the storm that should hit us on Feb 4th/5th. Soul sports connected 🤙#yeahbuoy ...

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Well, clear as can be on this bad boy, a little uptick on the 23rd, but hard to say much of anything. Have been trying to ski every storm as if it were the last (ptsd from the last few years), let’s keep the flow going and avoid the high pressure blues. Plenty to still enjoy out there with some refresh on the horizon so that’s good. After this it looks like first week of Feb is the next potential storm, around the 5th. It’s a hard life pickin stones and pulling teets… #yeahbuoy

Well, clear as can be on this bad boy, a little uptick on the 23rd, but hard to say much of anything. Have been trying to ski every storm as if it were the last (ptsd from the last few years), let’s keep the flow going and avoid the high pressure blues. Plenty to still enjoy out there with some refresh on the horizon so that’s good. After this it looks like first week of Feb is the next potential storm, around the 5th. It’s a hard life pickin stones and pulling teets… #yeahbuoy ...

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Beauty of a morning for a walk in the woods. Storm on the 23rd has plumes all over the place, we’ll see how she comes together. There’s some action forming out in the pacific, will be looking for some buoypops around the 22nd as well as well. What a season!! #yeahbuoy

Beauty of a morning for a walk in the woods. Storm on the 23rd has plumes all over the place, we’ll see how she comes together. There’s some action forming out in the pacific, will be looking for some buoypops around the 22nd as well as well. What a season!! #yeahbuoy ...

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Getting tired yet?? Buoypop! Has the potential for a multi-day storm starting 23rd/24th. Next storm starts tomorrow through Tuesday. Just got back from skiing in Colorado, good times. #yeahbuoy

Getting tired yet?? Buoypop! Has the potential for a multi-day storm starting 23rd/24th. Next storm starts tomorrow through Tuesday. Just got back from skiing in Colorado, good times. #yeahbuoy ...

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This pic brought a tear to my eye. The man, the myth, the legend, and the baddest ass friend I know, Hans Smith @armadaskis getting some well deserved face shots this morning 📷 @falcon.productions @steinstyle #iykyk #yeahbuoy

This pic brought a tear to my eye. The man, the myth, the legend, and the baddest ass friend I know, Hans Smith @armadaskis getting some well deserved face shots this morning 📷 @falcon.productions @steinstyle #iykyk #yeahbuoy ...

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There’s the Buoypop we’ve been waiting for, may go even higher. All these SW flow storms have been keeping the🍍 alive and well. There’s another Buoypop lined up behind this one, can’t tell if stays on our current SW track or maybe veers up a little bit. We take a breather for a bit now until the 16th, groomers can be fun too!#yeahbuoy

There’s the Buoypop we’ve been waiting for, may go even higher. All these SW flow storms have been keeping the🍍 alive and well. There’s another Buoypop lined up behind this one, can’t tell if stays on our current SW track or maybe veers up a little bit. We take a breather for a bit now until the 16th, groomers can be fun too!#yeahbuoy ...

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Check this pop that’s about to hit the buoy tomorrow! Looks like there’s another one lingering further west as well. This puts the 23/24th on the radar. #yeahbuoy

Check this pop that’s about to hit the buoy tomorrow! Looks like there’s another one lingering further west as well. This puts the 23/24th on the radar. #yeahbuoy ...

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Still thinking about Saturday and how cool it was to see and ski through these snow ghosts. Storm incoming and looks 16/17 should be coming as planned. Heading to Beaver Creek this week for my second time ever skiing in Colorado, first was @silvertonmtn back in 2003. #yeahbuoy

Still thinking about Saturday and how cool it was to see and ski through these snow ghosts. Storm incoming and looks 16/17 should be coming as planned. Heading to Beaver Creek this week for my second time ever skiing in Colorado, first was @silvertonmtn back in 2003. #yeahbuoy ...

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Round 347 tomorrow into Tuesday,  3/4 lab deep anticipated, then a little break and should be another lined up for the 16/17th and there is a pop starting to form right meow. #yeahbuoy

Round 347 tomorrow into Tuesday, 3/4 lab deep anticipated, then a little break and should be another lined up for the 16/17th and there is a pop starting to form right meow. #yeahbuoy ...

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